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What do Agility folk do when faced with adversity? The answer, for many people, is to use humour to laugh at themselves. There are many people who are anxious and worried about the COVID-19 virus and how it is going to affect them, their family and friends and, of course, their dogs. Here is Alan Waddington's attempt to make you smile.
After more than 20 years of attending agility shows, there are some questions which keep cropping up and for which there does not always seem to be a logical answer. Here are a few of them with my tongue in cheek response. I am sure you can come up with other questions and other answers to these. You might even want to share them.
Let the Q & A begin.
Q. Why are we travelling 100 miles for two agility runs and two jumping?
Q. Why does it always seem to rain on the night before a show?
Q. Why do you always get the Portaloo that has just run out of toilet paper?
Q. Why do you always get a first class of the day and a last one?
Q. Why does it always start to rain when it is your turn to run?
Q. Why do the dogs with the most difficult names get placed?
Q. Why does the timing always fail when it is a fast, clear round?
Q. Why are all the best dogs at the end of a class?
Q. Why do dogs always get faulted for “things they do perfectly in training”?
Q. Why is the sweet box always empty by the time the scrimer and judge get to it?
Q. Why does a dog get faulted as soon as someone says it is going well?
Q. Why do they have smaller contact zones on competition agility equipment?
Q. Why is there either a queue half-way round the ring or no dogs on the line?
Q. When will I get him out of Grade 5?
Q. When will they start Class 52?
Q. When do entries have to be in for XXXX Show?
Q. When is that husband / partner of mine going to get my dog here?
Q. When are you breaking for lunch?
Q. When will I ever get placed again?
Q. When will be able to go home?
Q. What are the rules for the Team Agility?
Q. What makes a good agility dog?
Q. What makes a good agility handler?
Q. My dog does not do weaves. What will happen if I omit them?
Q. What is the difference between a Grade 6 course and a Grade 7?
Q. Where is Ring 6?
Q. Where do I find a strong man?
Q. Where do I find some strong men to move the A-frame?
Q. Where do we find some strong people to move the A-frame?
Q. Where do you want to put the A-frame?
Q. How do I get my dog to Grade 4?
Q. How hot does it have to get before the judge closes the class?
Q. How did it look?
Q. How does my bum look in these leggings?
Q. How do I get from 15 to 20?
Q. How many times can a dog and handler do the same course?
I hope that you have enjoyed these.
Keep safe and best wishes to you all during these difficult times.
He qualified as a judge a few years back and was busy on the Northern Circuit until health issues meant he could not do a full day. He has been known to judge in Spain, however, where there is only a quarter of the dogs we would judge in the UK.
In the UK he does 'sitting down' jobs, usually scriming.
First published 25th March 2020
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